Post # 1
My venue has a 2nd floor balcony that goes around the perimeter of the room. So the ceiling is pretty high! The florist that I didn’t end upgoing with had told me that she recommends doing tall centerpieces or at least a few for high ceiling venues because otherwise the room is too “empty feeling”. I personally don’t prefer the taller centerpieces and my fiance hates them. He feels they are hard to see around when talking. I am going for a natural type of rustic feel with wood slices and also am not feeling the tall glass vases that are usually used for the tall centerpieces.
The florist I ended up going with said I should do whatever I like. I am doing half the centerpieces with black lanterns on wood slices with moss around the lantern and some flower heads. And some branching on the table. One suggestions for the other centerpieces was a pot with tall branches coming out of it with some flowers tucked in the branches. But I love flowers and feel like I want the other half of the centerpieces to have more flowers in it! Any opinions would be great!
I’ve been looking at birch vases with a heart and initials burned in it. But they are not very tall! Here’s a pic of the reception room from the balcony. It is the Museum of Science building at our zoo. To the right is actually the opening of where you go through the Amphibian exhibit. 🙂
Post # 3
I don’t see why the ceiling height is going to matter what centerpieces you choose. The ceilings going to look tall even if you do have the tall floral arrangment. I’m not an expert on this, but I’d say go for whatever you like and since fiance likes the shorter ones too, then all the better! 🙂
Post # 4
I think sometimes florists just want to stretch their wings and do something different and grand ( and possibly more expensive).
Although your ceiling is definitely high, all the people will only be their normal height.
You can do normal height centerpeices.
If you want to visually drop the ceiling for the purpose of making the room feel cozier, you could always hang some lanterns , pomanders etc, or maybe even burlap in long strips for draping.
You could also do a banner:
I think the birch covered vases would be perfect with your other centerpieces. You can get the birch sleeves in many different lengths.
You can get the sleeves from several dealers on Etsy, and other sources, and burn the hearts yourself with a woodburning pen.
You might get lucky and find someone cutting birches locally and get the bark free.
Post # 5
When I went to see florists, they all wanted to know if the low centerpieces that I wanted where ‘appropriate’ for the venue. I don’t think it matters that much, it is whatever you like, but if you have some tall celinings like that (beautiful btw) then tall centerpieces are the way to go. Just so the room looks balanced.
No one really notices. So if you want low centerpieces then go for it!
Post # 6
IMO you would need pretty tall centerpieces to make much of a difference with how tall those ceilings are! From your pic, the tall centerpieces still look pretty short. I don’t think it will matter at all. Lovely venue, by the way!!
Post # 7
Having taller centrepiece is not going to make the celling appears lower. Becuase there’s noway it’s tall enough to make a difference.
This is your wedding, if you both loath them, why have them?
Why don’t you hang something from the balcony, some flags, some paper wheels, parasols….
Post # 8
Thanks ladies! I’ts not that I hate tall centerpieces, I just tend to gravitate towards shorter ones and it’s hard for me to think of ideas for tall ones that will fit my theme. But the first florist we didn’t go with was very adamant about the visual. I’ve got tons of short ideas! Unfortunately, we can’t hang anything from the ceiling (I was loving the paper lanterns), because it is too tall for a ladder and would need a lift. My florist doesn’t have a lift and it is a liability issue. I’m going to have her wrap lights around the balcony railing around the room instead, I think. It’s not the ceiling, but I think it will look pretty. My florist did a wedding in the same room last fall and put branches along the balcony, which I think is cool, too! I’ve been thinking about which idea I like better.
Another company said they could string lanterns from bottom of balcony to other side of the room instead of hanging from the ceiling, but it would be a lot of labor and it would cost me $500 for them to do just the lanterns! Eek! I said no.
From what you ladies said, it sounds like the room is so tall, that it’s going to seem like that no matter what. No one will probably notice much of a difference if I have tall or not. So, I think I will just stick with the shorter ideas that I’m liking so far. Thanks!
Post # 9
i’m using tall centerpieces because my venue has very high ceilings. if you prefer the low ones though, go for it. you should be doing whatever you like best.
to address your fi’s concerns though, tall centerpieces don’t really get in the way. first of all, the actual arrangements starts above people’s heads while they’re sitting, so the only thing in view is the clear vase. second, people tend to talk to those sitting next to them, not the people across a round table (especially if you have big tables or it’s loud).
Post # 10
If the balcony goes all the way around the room and you have access to it, you could easily string a banner or a line with lanterns or pomanders attached.
If you want to use lanterns or pomanders, figure out the length of fishing line you need to cross the room. Space out the lanterns or pomanders and tie them on separate shorter lines to the main line. Attach a heavier rope to one end of the line. Roll it up into a ball and toss it to someone across the room. Make sure you hold or tie off your end so it doesn’t get pulled across the room.They tie their end of the fishing line to the balcony and you do the same.
Use the same technique to string a banner.
I have done this many times in high-ceilinged rooms using balconies. No need for a lift.
Post # 11
I like nice open spaces, so I think you would be absolutely fine doing regular sized centerpieces.
Post # 12
High is nice but there is no set rule with high ceilings and they are also more $$ usually. We have high ceilings are are doing a mix with uplighting. I would add some uplighting to that space, would look very dramatic and keep the flowers as you envision.
Post # 13
I have actually read an article about high ceilings and centerpeices while ago ,and it said that they have to be tall because of how high the ceiling is. Obviously that is up to you and what you like. I dont think it matters much but walking into a room with very high ceiling especially like your venue, it would look empty.